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Lou Gehrig memorabilia from an unexpected source

Aug 2, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT


A pretty nifty story in the New York Times this morning.  Seems Lou Gehrig had a girlfriend for a brief period in the early 30s prior to marrying his wife Eleanor.  That relationship ended after a brief time for the same reason a lot of Gehrig’s early relationships ended: Gehrig’s domineering mother didn’t approve.

But it seems that the girlfriend — one Ruth Martin — somehow maintained a close relationship with Gehrig’s mother, particularly after Gehrig’s death.  Gehrig’s mother left her a bunch of memorabilia when she died, and when Ruth Martin died, she left it to her now-69-year-old son, who was in some ways treated like a grandson by Gehrig’s mother when he was young.  He’s auctioning it off and it’s expected to net at least a half million bucks. Probably more now that the Times is publicizing it.

It’s neat simply from the memorabilia angle, but it’s far more interesting from the “wow, what a weird relationship” perspective.

  1. trevorb06 - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    I was expecting something like Boy George, Marilyn Manson or Snooki after reading the title. Glad it’s this instead.

  2. chew1985 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    There’s nothing “weird” or wrong here. Nothing but extended friendships and mutual respect between all parties. We should all live our lives with such dignity. It figures that it would all center around one of baseball’s greatest gentlemen.

  3. skids003 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Strange, if Mama didn’t approve, how did they stay close friends?

    Anyway, Gehrig was truly one of the games greatest players and people.

    • IdahoMariner - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      I’ve known a few Mamas like that — she could have LOVED Ruth and still believed she wasn’t good enough for her son.

  4. joecool16280 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Good story. Thanks for posting the link.

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